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Monthly Archives: February 2013

  • Tech Care, Lambs Ont Menu and the Second Law Of Thermodynamics.

    Pretty soon it will be February half term then a hop, a skip and a jump will take us into the Easter holidays, the campsites will open, the BBC will wheel out the 'Blue Peter for grown-ups' presenters and we'll get 'Springwatch' with all those cute little birds, badgers and otters...again.

    We'll see the fluffy little lambs pogo-ing among the daffs and onto the menus of the local hotels, and HOORAH the days will get longer than the nights!

    It's about this time of year when the less disciplined of us, and that's probably a significant section of the population, sheepishly recall (did you get what I did there?) all those good intentions of getting fitter and healthier by communing with Nature and braving the elements, aided by all that outdoor gear that promised to keep us warm and dry...whatever the weather.

    That outdoor gear, so carefully selected and researched for its breathability, its insulating properties, its sheer weatherproofness, waits patiently for the call to protect its owner...and it is still waiting faithfully, dutifully.

    But wait, I hear you cry, that gear was the best I could afford, I may not have got out and about for a little while but neither has it! It'll be there when I get the chance to plan a walk, whatever the weather; a couple of rainy day walks over Christmas, an odd weekend in the fells, where's the harm in that? It'll all be as good as new, a bit of dried up mud on the boots, the odd scuff on the overtrousers, the jacket carefully chucked in the back of the airing cupboard after its brief holiday in the back of the car, at sub-zero temperatures, what could possibly affect its performance?

    To which one would have to retort, the second law of thermodynamics!

    Clearly, with such an educated and informed readership one hardly needs to go into too much detail, suffice to say that, whether we like it or not, it's all been downhill since the Big Bang. Like a massive clockwork mechanism, fully wound at the start of the universe, the second law tells us that everything is gradually winding down... don't worry, there's still a way to go...so nothing remains stable, on any level, and will eventually achieve equilibrium like a pendulum which simply runs out of energy and stops...forever.

    But, it's just a theory based on observation, deduction, experimentation and hard evidence...if you prefer not to believe it you can always pop into your local church, mosque or synagogue and get another version.

    Anyway, to get to the point, it's probably a good time now to invest a bit of time, after having invested a lot of dosh, in spring cleaning your kit. At Catstycam, The Outdoor Shop we stock a whole range of cleaning and waterproofing products.

    Nikwax Tech Wash will pamper your breathable garments and wash out that grit and dust that is slowly clogging the micropores.

    TX.Direct will restore that waterproof layer that makes the raindrops cascade off your clothing.

    Your boots, whether fabric or leather will benefit from Waterproofing Wax for Leather, and cleaning products to get rid of that dried up mud that is clogging up the natural breathability are also available at both our shops in the Ullswater valley.

    Just call in any time if you want a bit of advice on keeping your gear at the top of its game...

    maybe we all need to get out a bit more!

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